Of large size, this African mask gelede features a face with plump volumes, framed by high ears and a striated beard. The pupils of protruding eyes are pierced.
Polychrome patina with slightly grainy relief. Abrasions and losses (base).
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest among them, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and the ancestors, osi< /i> and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje. Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are meant to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for peacemaking and constructive purposes, for the good of society.
(Sources: Africa, ed. Prestel; "Yoruba" Rivallain and Iroko, ed. Hazan. )
450.00 € 360.00 € ( -20.0 %)
Possibility of payment in 2x (2x 180.0 €)
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